STAFF at Blackpool Victoria Hospital have scored highly with a rather famous patient.
Workers at the hospital’s A&E unit were taken by surprise when Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva was rushed in for treatment after suffering an injury during Blackpool FC’s 3-2 defeat to the Reds at Bloomfield Road.
The 20-year-old Brazilian had to be stretchered off in a neck brace after a nasty clash of heads with Blackpool striker Marlon Harewood.
He needed lengthy medical attention after suffering concussion in the incident, which happened last Tuesday.
And workers at The Vic proved to be the real winners, after the United star heaped praise on those who treated him, saying he was grateful for everything they had done.
He said: “The quality of care I received during my visit to Blackpool Victoria Hospital was incredible and the support I received from the staff was brilliant. I would like to thank them for all their help.”
Da Silva is said to be recovering well at home since being released from hospital, although he was expected to miss two weeks of matches.
A&E Consultant Dr Jon Argall said it had been exciting for staff to have such a well-known patient in the department, but it was all part of the job.
He said: “Staff were initially surprised to find the famous footballer within the A&E department, but he was treated with the exact same medical professionalism, care and attention any other patient coming into A&E would have received.
“It is nice for the staff to hear such compliments from a world famous footballer.
“We are pleased to hear he is recovering well.”